Spring has sprung, which means that everyone’s out of their practical winter clothing and into stuff they want to wear. For me, that’s not much of a change. I’m no fashionista, I can tell you. But as an occasional people-watcher it’s interesting to see what people do given the choice they have in warmer weather.
The one thing I’ve noticed this year is that here in Hobart we have an increasing number of young goths hanging around. And they go to extraordinary lengths to goth up, too. I just saw a girl walking around in 4-inch soled boots and all-black outfit including a corset, of all things. How uncomfortable can you get? I hope these goth kids put as much effort into their education as they do with their dress-ups.
Being as black as it is, I wonder if the the Turbo X should be the EMObile poster car for these kiddies.
Sorry, just a thought.
It sounds clothing related, but it’s not – what would you think if you saw a woman coming down the street in a leather Mini?
I’m a very happily married man, but in this case I’d definitely look twice.
Via Autoblog Green (why, I’m not sure) this is a leather-clad Mini Cooper. It’s a one-off piece of art called the pet Mini, the idea being that people would want to come up close and touch it due to the leather covering.
Five cows went into that one, so it’s not one for the vegans out there. I’d have it, though.
And finally, an actual Saab related story:
What Car? are reporting on Saab continuing to call for more consideration of ethanol by lawmakers in the UK. It’s been a persistent call and one that I think will eventually see some real results.
There are just 16 fuel pumps in the UK that provide E85 at present, with a further 21 scheduled to open by the end of the year.
That compares with Sweden, which has 900 pumps, and France, which has 127. The Governments of both countries offer strong financial incentives for motorists to use the fuel.
Saab’s Jan-Ake Jonsson has now said that the UK Government should be doing more to promote E85’s use.
‘The strong UK fleet market can make a tremendous difference, starting with the government’s own fleet of vehicles,’ he said.
‘It is strange why London’s mayor has still not granted E85 an exemption from congestion charges,’ Jonsson added.
At the 2008 9-3 release in Sweden earlier this year, I heard that that figure in France is scheduled to go up to 500 E85 pumps by the end of the year as they adopt a much more accepting stance for the promotion of E85. Other European markets for E85 are growing as well.
A side note: someone at Saab UK should get in touch with What Car? and get them to remove or rewrite this bit from the text, as it seems they’ve got their wires crossed somewhere:
E85 bioethanol is estimated to give up to 25% better mileage than standard petrol, while emitting up to 60% less harmful green house gases.
The emission of less fossil fuel gases is OK if termed that way, but quoting “better mileage” in any context with E85 is misleading.